I came to this website today to find one of my favorite recipes: Orange Zucchini Bread, This is probably one of the best Zucchini breads I’ve ever made and I’m so glad I saved the recipe here because I’m not sure exactly how I found it in the first place. As I was navigating the site (which I need to make easier to navigate) I became really sad as I realized the mindset I was in when I started compiling these menus and recipes.
I was desperately trying to lose weight because I was told my weight was causing me to lose my vision. There’s an actual diagnosis for what was going on, which I won’t put here. So I invested a lot of money in a weight loss company and experienced some great results and I created this website to track my recipes, document my favorite modifications and versions, etc. I want to clarify I’m not much of a real cook and I certainly don’t create my own recipes – I just wanted to place to store my ideas so I could come back to them again.
Several years later I’m at a way different place in my life. I’ve learned all about the pitfalls and manipulation in diet culture. I’m learning to love who I am and strive for health, not some unattainable number on the scale. I’ve learned that the reason popular weight loss companies thrive is because THEY DON’T WORK – and they have repeat customers. They have a lot of job security in a society driven by body insecurity.
I think there have been some great strides to improve body image and acceptance in recent years, but we have a long ways to go. For me – this means starting with me. I’m going to work to totally revamp and change my website to remove all suggestion of any diet plan. Let’s face it – some of these recipes suck! I’m going to delete the crummy ones. Finally – I’m going to start sharing things that I find, learn from, and enjoy about body positivity and delicious things to eat. Eventually I’ll connect this to my social media and put it all together in a diet-free, body positive package.
But first – I need to make some Orange Zuchhini Bread. I can’t wait to enjoy it!
Monday, November 16 – Chicken Enchiladas, Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice
Tuesday, November 17 – Fettuccine Alfredo, Grilled Chicken and Broccoli
Wednesday, November 18 – Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Chili, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Friday, November 20 – Crock Pot Sesame Honey Chicken with cauliflower rice
Saturday, November 21 – Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans
Extra – I need to make a GF Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting (w/ half the sugar) on Saturday!
Monday, November 9 – Shrimp and Asparagus Pesto Tortellini
Wednesday, November 11 – Taco Bravos
Thursday, November 12 – Pork Chops and Steamed Brocolli, Mashed Potatoes
Friday, November 13 – Dry Poached Chicken, Steamed Green Beans, Roasted Sweet Potatoes (HALF)
Saturday, November 14 – Take Out PIZZA!
Monday, November 16 – http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/02/chicken-enchiladas.html?m=1
Tuesday – Blissful Butternut Squash Soup (already cooked)
Paninis: Cheese – havarti and horseradish sharp cheddar, Deli meat – rotisseried turkey, Fresh Bread
Thursday – Baked Spaghetti Squash and Cheese (scale recipe for leftover spaghetti squash)
Pan-cooked Chicken (pre-seasoned from the grocery store)
Steamed Green Beans
Friday – Manwich on Kings Hawaiian Rolls
Roasted Potato Wedges
Roasted Seasoned Winter Squash Medley
adapted from: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2015/10/roasted-seasoned-winter-squash-medley.html
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tsp brown sugar
2 lbs mixed winter squash (butternut, kabocha, etc.), peeled and cut into 3/4 –inch cubes
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In a small bowl, combine the onion powder, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne, salt and brown sugar.
In a large mixing bowl, toss squash with butter and olive oil. Add 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture to the bowl and toss well to coat. Place squash on a sheet pan lined with parchment and bake for 40-45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes, to allow for even browning. Sprinkle with 1 1/2 teaspoons more of spice mixture. Toss gently to coat and serve hot.
The first 5 ingredients would be an excellent spice mix for other items such as pork chops, sweet potatoes, soups and stews. I eliminated the salt from the original recipe – but if you feel like the mix needs it, add 1/2 tsp. kosher salt.
Monday 10/26 – Spaghetti Squash Lasagna (add ground beef) with Garlic Bread
(Prep: make the entire recipe ahead of time)
Tuesday 10/27 – Dry Poached Chicken
Roasted Seasoned Winter Squash Medley
Steamed Green Beans
(Prep: chop squash, thaw chicken)
Thursday 10/29 – Steak Fajitas (with tortillas, cheddar cheese and sour cream)
(Prep: slice steak strips, slice two green peppers and one onions)
Friday 10/30 – Shrimp Stir-Fry with Broccoli
(Prep: chop broccoli, red onion, and carrots)
Saturday 10/31 – Happy Halloween! Dinner with friends – I think I’ll bring Caramel Apple Cheesecake!
Adapted from: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pork-chops-with-dijon-cream-sauce
2 (4-6 ounce) boneless center-cut pork loin chops (1/2 inch thick)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/3 cup fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/3 cup fat-free half-and-half or fat-free evaporated milk
Trim fat from chops. Sprinkle both sides of chops evenly with salt and pepper. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add chops to skillet, and cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chops from skillet, and keep warm.
Add broth to skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits. Combine mustard and half-and-half; add to skillet. Reduce heat, and simmer 7 minutes or until sauce is thickened slightly. Spoon sauce over chops.